Tuesday, 25 March 2014


What a cold windy day it is today. If there was no wind, it would be very nice. However, windy it is and in less that 3 hours, a whole line of washing has blown itself dry.

Just been to a garden centre to pick up a few things for this years gardening, including an all-round sharpener for implements (and indoor tools such as blades on food processors etc.We are going to see if it is at all possible to hide our oil tank. With that in mind, we have invested in two Clematis.

The first is Clematis Viticella John Howells, which should flower June to September. It does need pruning so I hope that won't be too much of a problem growing with the one below that doesn't require it:

The other Clematis is Macropetala Wesselton, which should flower April to May. It apparently needs no pruning:
Mind you, having thought about it, that might be a problem, but we do need the tank to be coveredby growth in the colder months, even if it is twiggy and lifeless. Ah well, time will tell.

Where our old compost beehive used to be, in the front, near a hedge, we will plant an Hydrangea Paniculata Vanille Fraise:
It looks like a large twig at the moment so hope it will do something this year. I must remember to plant it far enough away from the hedge so both can be trimmed and not encroach into each other.

If the weather warms up a bit more after this week, I think I will have a go at dividing a few more plants to fill in some gaps.

Saturday, 22 March 2014


This weeks walk took us in and around the village of Fring. The sky was overcast and there was a chilly wind blowing. We soon warmed up though and by the end, had our hats and gloves off and our coats open!

We parked on the verge near the church:
Most of the time we were in dips and valleys so couldn't see much until we had walked up a steep slope:
Skylarks were singing, tractors were harrowing in many of the fields, Spring flowers were everywhere One of the things we have noticed about Norfolk, is the brightly painted village signs:
All in all, a pleasant walk, probably more pretty things to see in the Summer. It took us 1 1/2 hours to do the 4.7 miles.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Around Little & Great Massingham

It is very foggy here this morning but for our walk this week, it was sunny, warm with only a slight chill when walking in the shade.

This walk began sitting on a bench (DB and E;, putting shoes on), outside the church in Little Massingham:
We then traversed little country roads and lots of fields taking in views as we went - part of the pond and village green in Great Massingham:
The radio and television masts outside the village:
How is this for a set of locks to keep you out of the above:
Came across this piece of art work down one of the lanes:
Coming back into Little Massingham, we saw lots of these Toad warning signs:
Quite a few of them were active in the ponds:
A nice thank you sign:
and a pair of rather delapidated barn doors:
The walk took us about 1 1/2 hours and was round about 4.7 miles long. After sitting down on the church bench to change our shoes, we drove to The Rose and Crown at Harpley for a light sandwich lunch.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Flower Garden

The dwarf narcissus are now in full bloom and should remain so for a few weeks. This is an early morning view of the front garden - hence the deep shadow!
Although one of the alpine beds is in the back garden, I shall put photographs of it on this blog. This was the first winter is has spent inside an open ended poly tunnel due to the excessive amount of rain. It has had the effect of one of the plants bursting into flower, some 3 months early!

Saturday, 8 March 2014


Welcome to those of you who have trundled across from Frugal In Norfolk onto this blog. You are all most welcome.

I have slightly altered the garden tab above to Flower Garden and updated some of the flowers on there. I think this new blog will be better suited to articles about the flower side of my gardens and leave the vegetable and fruit side over at Frugal in Norfolk. It feels as though it sits better, food and frugality - despite the fact that some flowers are edible!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Welcome to my new blog!

I originally created this blog whilst trialling how to do things to my main one! I have now decided to keep this blog, for things that will no longer be appearing on Frugal in Norfolk

You can see on here, that I have placed all the walks we have done in two link tabs at the top. Also up there, is a garden link, where I will now be discussing anything to do regarding that.